Mini-Wakan State Park Article

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Mini-Wakan State Park
Map showing the location of Mini-Wakan State Park
Map showing the location of Mini-Wakan State Park
Location of Mini-Wakan State Park in Iowa
Location Dickinson, Iowa, United States
Coordinates 43°29′51″N 95°06′12″W / 43.49750°N 95.10333°W / 43.49750; -95.10333
MINI-WAKAN STATE PARK Latitude and Longitude:

43°29′51″N 95°06′12″W / 43.49750°N 95.10333°W / 43.49750; -95.10333
Area20 acres (8.1 ha)
Elevation1,404 ft (428 m) [1]
Governing bodyIowa Department of Natural Resources
Website Mini-Wakan State Park
Mini-Wakan State Park Historic District
Built by Civilian Conservation Corps
ArchitectAmos Barton Emery
Architectural style Rustic
MPS CCC Properties in Iowa State Parks MPS
NRHP reference # 10000021 [2]
Added to NRHPFebruary 17, 2010

Mini-Wakan State Park is located north of Spirit Lake, Iowa, United States. The 20-acre (8.1 ha) park is along the north shore of Big Spirit Lake. It provides space for picnicking, hiking, biking, swimming, boating and fishing on the lake. The park is connected to the Dickinson County trail system in Iowa and the Jackson County trail system in Minnesota. It was listed as a historic district on the National Register of Historic Places in 2010. [2]


Local residents acquired the initial 12.5 acres (5.1 ha) for Mini-Wakan. [3] Civilian Conservation Corps Company 778 began park development sometime between the beginning of June and the end of October 1933 as part of their work with the National Forest Service. [4] Their work included grading for a road, building the picnic and parking area, the stone gate pillars, and placing riprap along the lake shore. Work on the shelter house was completed in 1934 after they were transferred to the National Park Service. The park was put under the jurisdiction of Gull Point State Park in 1936. [4]


  1. ^ "Mini-Wakan State Park". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. 1979-04-30. Retrieved 2016-05-31.
  2. ^ a b National Park Service (2010-07-09). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service.
  3. ^ "History of the Mini-Wakan State Park". Spirit Lake Protective Association. Retrieved 2016-05-31.
  4. ^ a b Rebecca Conard. "Pillsbury Point State Park Overlook District". National Park Service. Retrieved 2016-05-31.